Block Party

City Studies

Block Party

Show UP

Public Access Design

Show UP

It's Not Just Personal

Making Policy Public

It's Not Just Personal

Share, Where?

Urban Investigations

Share, Where?

Get It Back!

Public Access Design

Get It Back!

Shine a Light on Your Utility Rights

Making Policy Public

Shine a Light on Your Utility Rights

About CUP

The Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) is a nonprofit organization that uses the power of design and art to increase meaningful civic engagement particularly among underrepresented communities. CUP projects demystify the urban policy and planning issues that impact our communities, so that more individuals can better participate in shaping them.

We believe that increasing understanding of how these systems work is the first step to better and more diverse community participation.

CUP projects are collaborations of art and design professionals, community-based advocates and policymakers, and our staff. Together we take on complex issues—from the juvenile justice system to zoning law to food access—and break them down into simple, accessible, visual explanations.

The tools we create are used by organizers and educators all over New York City and beyond to help their constituents better advocate for their own community needs.

Website design: Linked by Air

Find out more about CUP through this short video from the Curry Stone Design Prize.


What's in the Water?

Making Policy Public

What's in the Water?

Blunt Conversations

Urban Investigations

Blunt Conversations

It's Not Just Personal

Making Policy Public

It's Not Just Personal

What Is Mandatory Inclusionary Housing?

Envisioning Development

What Is Mandatory Inclusionary Housing?

Power Trip

Urban Investigations

Power Trip

What Options Doc?

Urban Investigations

What Options Doc?

Welcome to Health Care!

Making Policy Public

Welcome to Health Care!

En El Campo De Los Impuestos

Making Policy Public

En El Campo De Los Impuestos